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. >> chris? >> thank you very much. i'm here talking with steven and jim. you're there, you were there to help the elite athletes, thinking you're going to deal with cramps and dehydration. what happened, steven? >> the first thing we heard was the explosion, then we felt the concussion in the room. then several of us went running towards the front door. then we heard the second explosion, and then two or three of us kept going. and then the group kept going back, waiting for the casualties. so half of us went forward to the wounded and half stayed back. >> jim, what do you see when you get to the casualties? >> lots of smoke and confusion, lots of blood. lots of injured patients. for me, it was just a flashback to iraq. carrying that first explosion, i knew it was an ied. usually they come in twos, sometimes threes. sometimes they wait for people to come out and they set off the third one or the second one. there were two. they stopped the third one, thankfully. and we had to make room in the medical tent from the athletes, the marathoners, to move forward to make room for the i
's jim acosta just recently spoke to vice president joe biden. let's briefly check in with him. jim, what did the vice president say? >> we caught up with vice president joe biden as he was heading into an event to honor former congressional staffer gabe zimmerman, the staffer gunned down in the shooting that also wounded former congressman gabrielle giffords in tucson. that event is going on now. the vice president is speaking right now. as he was heading into that event, we threw a quick question at mr. biden about the events up in boston, what, if anything, he knows about the investigation. and he acknowledged that the government at this point doesn't have any hard information as he called it in this case. here is what he had to say. >> mr. vice president, any comment on what is happening in boston right now? >> we're going to get to the bottom of this. we don't have any hard information yet, but i can assure you we will find out who did it and bring them to justice. >> no sense as to whether this is domestic or foreign-based. >> not yet. >> and you can hear there as the vice president
. >> now the man you saw standing next to steve, his name is jim. he actually was a trauma nurse in iraq for 18 months. and he said all of those skills that he learned in iraq he used yesterday in boston. john? >> they treated scores of people. they saved, no doubt, scores of people. but they also, elizabeth, watched people die. >> they did. they did watch people die. and so steve who we just heard from, he told me the story one of the first patients he worked on was a young woman. he remembers her, blonde hair, blue eyes, maybe about 20 years old. she came in and, you know, her leg was broken. her abdomen was open due to the explosion. she wasn't breathing. they gave her cpr. they tried over and over again. they just didn't have a pulse. he said when they were treating her after she passed away, they looked around for some kind of identification in her pockets but he said as far as he knew they just didn't know -- still couldn't figure out who she was. >> so sad. as we said, there are a number of people still in the hospital this morning. 17 in critical condition, 20 in serious conditio
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